It’s not quite summer in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to plan ahead. There’s a slight chill in the air, and the ski season isn’t quite over (the mountain closes on April 23rd), but soon enough the flowers will be blooming, the sky will no longer bring snow, and the summer months will be upon us. It’s especially important to plan ahead if you want to visit the Vail Valley in the summer months: They are fast becoming as popular as ski season. Here’s an overview of all the summer activities in Vail to enjoy.
Overview of Summer Activities in Vail
The mountains are just begging to be explored in the summer. There are countless trails leading to stunning destinations for you and your friends and family to explore. If we detailed every hike you can do in the Vail Valley, you’d be reading for hours. Simply put, there are hikes for every ability level, and for every type of sight you want to see. Aching to jump into a mountain lake? Check. Longing to run through a meadow bursting with wildflowers? Check. Fingers itching to do some rock climbing? Check. Looking more for an easy stroll through the woods? Check. The Walking Mountains Science Center is one of the best resources for finding the best hike to fit your needs, so you can spend a day exploring!
Whether you’re looking to road bike, or want to hit the trails on a mountain bike, there are plenty of options in Vail. Here are some great mountain bike trails near Vail to try, or, you can head to the Vail Mountain Bike Park. Here is some great information on road biking around the area: You’ll get expansive views as you cruise along the road.
Vail is a destination for fly fisherman all over the state. There are many lakes and streams around the area where you can escape and enjoy the tranquility of the natural world. Fly fishing is one of the best ways to relax and rejuvenate on your vacation. Plus, you get to enjoy the beauty of the area while doing so. You can book a guide, or find the best spots on your own (to do this, you’ll need a fishing license, the essentials like a hat, glasses, sunscreen, waders, and of course, a fishing rod and accessories). Check out the fishing report to see where the best spots are before you head out. Great options are Gore Creek, the Eagle River, or the Colorado River.
Did you know that golf balls fly 10% farther in the high mountain air? Pair this with the excellent golf courses in the Vail area, and you’ll spend a wonderful day on the green that you won’t soon forget. There are many fantastic golf courses and clubs in the area– we guarantee you’ll leave relaxed.
There’s always something fun happening in Vail or Beaver Creek. Take a look at the events calendar, and plan your trip around that. Does gourmet dining hit your fancy? Book your trip during Taste of Vail, and enjoy wine and food tastings around town. Looking for more adventure? Book during the Whitewater Race Series. There are many different events, for every age group and level of adventure.
Speaking of adventure, in Vail there’s no shortage of thrills to be had. Here are just a few of the exciting activities you can enjoy in the area:
- Jeep Tours
- Summer Ice Skating
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Rides
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Adventure Parks
These are only a few of the fun and exciting things you can enjoy during your stay in the Vail Valley. There is adventure for the entire family!
People Come for Winter, but Stay for the Summer
Locals know this better than anyone: Summers in Colorado aren’t to be missed. Winter is great (it’s tough to find a true local who doesn’t love hitting the slopes), but summer is exceptionally beautiful and full of fun. As you can see, there are countless activities to enjoy in the summer in Vail. Decide which ones are best for you, and book your trip today!